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President Donald Trump took to Twitter Thursday morning to call out a Republican senator who had criticized his equivocal remarks on bigotry and hatred, and to lament at "the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart" by removing "beautiful statues and monuments" honoring Confederate leaders.
Trump faulted Sen. Lindsey Graham for statements the South Carolina Republican made Wednesday about the president's stance on the violence and death of a woman in Charlottesville, Virginia, calling him "publicity seeking" in a daybreak post.
Trump has said on two occasions that multiple sides are to blame for the violence, prompting criticism from Graham and many others that he was giving the same weight to race-based hatred from groups like neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan as those who opposed them.
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Both were great generals. Both Virginians. Both came from slave-owning plantation families.
Is it really so far-fetched to put Robert E. Lee in the same category as George Washington, as President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday?
Many historians say yes.
"It's a ridiculous conflation," said Professor Alice Fahs of the University of California, Irvine. "He's not a founding father, and it's as though Trump thinks he is. It's really astonishing. It's amazing."
Hundreds of people gathered on the University of Virginia campus Wednesday night for a candlelight vigil against hate and violence days after Charlottesville erupted in chaos during a white nationalist rally.
The vigil came hours after a memorial service for 32-year-old Heather Heyer, who was mowed down by a car as she protested the rally. Two Virginia state troopers also died in the crash of their helicopter, which was monitoring the rally.
Heyer's parents urged people at her memorial service to honor her life by living it as she would, lovingly and speaking out for justice. Her mother told those gathered, which included the governor, to channel their anger over Heyer's death at the white nationalist rally into "righteous action" and to have difficult conversations with those they disagree with.
The only African-American member of President Donald Trump's cabinet says his home in Northern Virginia was recently the target of anti-Trump vandals.
Ben Carson, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, told News4 in an exclusive interview inside his home Wednesday night that he believes dialogue can help overcome hate and bigotry.
He pointed out that many Confederate statues were erected "during the civil rights movement, to make a statement," and resisted "pointing fingers" at Trump's response to the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Carson said his home was vandalized while he was away.
"We were out of town and our house was toilet papered," Carson told News4's Meagan Fitzgerald. "They had painted 'F Trump' on it as well."
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An SUV crashed after all four occupants overdosed on heroin in North Carolina. The same day, a man in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, grabbed the steering wheel after his grandson lost consciousness while driving. Police in the city of 30,000 responded to 11 other overdose reports that day, including a woman who crashed her car just before a highway entrance.
The next day in Cleveland, a rescue squad found an unconscious 43-year-old man who had driven off the road and hit a pole. An overdose antidote brought him back around, police say. He was seriously hurt from the crash and was cited for driving under the influence.
Car crashes caused by overdosing drivers are becoming so commonplace, authorities say, that some rescue crews immediately administer the antidote, naloxone, to any unresponsive driver they find at an accident scene.
A naked man died Wednesday after falling from a crane at the Port of Los Angeles following a high-speed chase and an hours-long standoff that was caught on camera.
The man led officers on a chase earlier in the day in what San Bernardino police said was a stolen SUV. The driver ditched the vehicle at the Port of Los Angeles and climbed high up a structure, danced on a catwalk and did a headstand before falling to his death.
The pursuit began at 3:11 p.m. and went from Carson to San Pedro, south of Los Angeles. It included four different police departments as the man weaved into opposite lanes and reached speeds of 90 mph on surface streets. Police even lost track of the vehicle at one point.
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It has been an emotional journey this week for the family of Oakland nurse Maria Mendoza Sanchez and her husband Eusebio, whose battle to legally remain with their children in the United States ended with the couple's deportation.
The Sanchezes late Wednesday said goodbye to their three daughters. The couple, following an immigration deportation order, checked in at San Francisco International Airport with their son for a flight to Mexico.
"This is the moment I hoped would never come," Sanchez said before boarding her flight.
Sanchez, who served as a nurse at Highland Hospital providing care to cancer and heart patients, spent 15 years trying to get U.S. citizenship, but was unsuccessful.
The ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park missed its target Wednesday night and gave a nearby photographer something to remember.
Red Sox fan Jordan Leandre’s pitch went off course and struck photographer Tony Capobianco in the groin.
Lawmakers and business leaders from both sides of the aisle are criticizing President Donald Trump's comments blaming "both sides" for the violence that erupted in Charlottesville over the weekend...
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show a steep increase in fatal drug overdoses involving teenagers ages 15 - 19 since 2015 after years of decline. Deaths from fatal drug overdoses
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Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has gained a place at the University of Oxford.
The 20-year-old education activist tweeted her acceptance to the school, saying she was "so excited" to win a spot to study philosophy, politics and economics at Lady Margaret Hall.
Yousafzai won international renown in 2012 after she was shot by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan for speaking out for the right of girls to go to school. After being treated at a hospital in Birmingham she continued her education in the city and won the Nobel Peace Prize.
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In an effort to jumpstart diplomacy, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Thursday he would consider sending a special envoy to North Korea for talks if the North stops its missile and nuclear tests.
He also declared, amid fears in South Korea that threats from President Donald Trump to unleash "fire and fury" on Pyongyang could lead to real fighting, that there would be no second war on the Korean Peninsula.
"The people worked together to rebuild the country from the Korean War, and we cannot lose everything again because of a war," Moon said in a nationally televised news conference. "I can confidently say there will not be a war again on the Korean Peninsula."
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A Hong Kong court sent young activist Joshua Wong and two other student leaders to prison Thursday for their roles in huge pro-democracy protests nearly three years earlier, in the latest sign that tolerance for dissent is waning in the Chinese-ruled former British colony.
The High Court overturned an earlier verdict that let Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow avoid prison, agreeing with prosecutors that the original punishment for joining or leading an unlawful assembly that sparked the protests was too light.
They were immediately taken to serve their sentences of up to eight months, which have the added consequence of blocking each of them from seeking public office for five years.
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Immigrant rights groups held a protest Wednesday in response to the Alameda County Sheriff's Office retweet Monday night of a video posted by white supremacist Richard Spencer.
Groups including the Asian Law Caucus and the California Immigrant Policy Center gathered at 5:30 p.m. at the sheriff's office at 1401 Lakeside Drive in Oakland.
The retweet is the latest in what the groups say is a string of racist comments and actions involving the Alameda County Sheriff's Office, including Sheriff Greg Ahern's signing of a letter on behalf of the California State Sheriffs' Association endorsing Jeff Session's nomination as U.S. attorney general.
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Anyone who recognizes a man accused of robbing stores in the St. Louis area while wearing jean shorts is being urged to call "the fashion police."
St. Louis County Police dubbed the suspect the "jorts-wearing bandit" in a tweet on Monday, and included a photo. The tweet says the suspect's "disregard for the law is as offensive as his disregard for fashion trends."
Officer Ben Granda said the unarmed suspect approached a cashier at a Walgreens store in Lemay with merchandise on Aug. 8, and then overpowered her when she opened the cash drawer. The man is also suspected of targeting at least two Walgreens stores in the city of St. Louis. No serious injuries have been reported.